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Esther Threw Her Back Out by Patrick Beath

She was done with it. Curving at age ten; aching ever since. Always demanding a great delicacy of movement–no running, no jumping, no dancing. Intimacy was a controlled handshake. She’d had enough, so out it went, into the trash. As it turns out, the ribs had to go too (anatomy!). Fortunately, Esther had had the…

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After School is Out by Andrew Szilvasy

(Please rotate your device to landscape mode to provide maximum width for each line.) and the run through the pink clouds has ended, he skulks up the stairs and crosses the threshold into the dark living room. Sweat runs down his nose and falls onto the amaranth tiles designed to camouflage the mud and keep…